I have said that I believe it would be better for the Islanders to finish between 10th and 12th place in the Eastern Conference as opposed to going the 'Fail for Nail' route and trying to get a top-five lottery pick for this summer's 2012 Entry Draft. But if the season ended today, the Isles would go into the lottery with the fifth pick in the draft. Although that is the least likely position to be in when hoping to move up to number one, the Islanders are almost guaranteed to at least have a selection in this year's top 10 class.
With the playoff picture painting itself out on a permanent canvas over the next two weeks, let's put ourselves in the shoes of some NHL scouts and take a quick glance at what the Islanders will be looking at in between game 82 and draft day.
Nail Yakupov is the clear choice for first overall, having a lot of Alexander Ovechkin comparisons made about his play. After Nail comes Mikhail Grigorenko, who has often been compared to Evgeni Malkin. Both of these Russian prospects will probably be out of the Islanders grasp barring a significant change on the day of the lottery. After these two goal-scoring forwards lie plenty of top-rated defenseman.
The Bell Centre welcomed back a familiar face on Wednesday night, as Roman Hamrlik made his return to Montreal for the first time since signing with the Capitals in the offseason.
First things first, though: a more unusual kind of retribution. Rene Bourque, just two games removed from a suspension for a hit on Washington's Nicklas Backstrom when he was still with the Calgary Flames, expected to be confronted regardless of his new uniform. Sure enough, barely a minute into the opening twenty, he went at it with the Caps' Matt Hendricks ....and that was that.
Islanders get a huge victory over the streaking Capitals tonight, winning 3-0. The Islanders came into the game looking to rebound from a bad game yesterday against Nashville and rebound is definitely what they did. The Capitals who have been hot of late looked like a tall test for the tired Islanders who played yesterday and had to travel to get to Washington.
The game started slow as neither team could keep possession of the puck in the offensive zone. One play that stood out to me during the early going of the period was Nabokov’s handling of the puck. He came out to handle the puck in front of the net, mishandled it and left a great chance for the Capitals. Thankfully for the Islanders they were unable to get a good shot on net and Nabokov was able to recover. Nabokov needs to work on his puck handling as it has become a problem as of late and has cost the Islanders goals at certain points.
The New York Islanders, at least, will have a quick turnaround after one of their worst performance’s of the season. After a dismal 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, the
Islanders travel to the nation’s capital to play the red hot Washington Capitals.
Washington, winners of seven straight at the Verizon Center, come into the contest off a 2-1 home victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. They haven’t trailed in a game at home since December 13th. In 22 games since Bruce Boudreau was replaced by Dale Hunter, the Capitals have gone 12-9-1 playing themselves into a 1st place tie with the Florida Panthers in the Southeast Division.
After a hot 7-0 start to the season, the Washington Capitals and their sky-high expectations were off and running.
Then the rest of the league caught up, sending the Capitals into tailspin searching for answers, a tailspin that included a 5-7-1 November record, with just one game left on Tuesday.
The scapegoat of the tailspin is coach Bruce Boudreau, who was relived of his coaching duties early Monday. Former Caps captain Dale Hunter has been named head coach, he was present at practice on Monday afternoon.
Boudreau will be a tough act to follow, however, as he led the Caps to the playoffs in each of his four full sea...
Jason Chimera scored two goals including the overtime winner on Wednesday night as the Washington Capitals edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 at the Verizon Center.
Washington opened the scoring 5:23 into the 1st period as Alex Semin took a pass from a streaking Alexander Ovechkin and beat an out of position Ondrej Pavelec.
The Jets tied the game just past the 13-minute mark when Kyle Wellwood made a nifty pass in the neutral zone to Nick Antropov, who dished it to captain Andrew Ladd who put home his 7th of the season to tie the game at 1.
Twelve seconds later, Jason Chimera scored his 7th of the season on a pass from Brooks Laich at the half boards and once aga...
Wednesday night marks the second meeting of the season between two Southeast Division teams when the Washington Capitals (11-7-1) host the Winnipeg Jets (8-9-3).
While the Caps enjoyed their first win in five games, the surging Jets are riding their first 3-game winning streak of the season, which includes a decisive win over the Capitals in Winnipeg on November 17th.
In that game, the Jets were forced to deal with early adversity when Alex Semin scored short-handed 3:53 into the first. Just under 4 minutes later, Evander Kane put home his 1st of 2 goals of the night en route to a 4-1 win for Winnipeg.
The Jets are coming off of another offensively focused...
There wasn't much love lost between the Phoenix Coyotes and Washington Capitals when they last met on Valentine's Day, as Phoenix took the win by a count of 3-2. Washington is currently in the middle of a 3-6-1 stretch of ten that most recently saw them come up flat in Toronto, scoring only one goal against the Leafs' seven. Phoenix's road trip thus far has been much of the opposite, as the Flyers were their only loss since they last left Jobing.com Arena.
Washington maintains a winning record at home (6-1-1), but five of the eight last games featuring them and the Coyotes have been decided by only one goal. And as good as Mike Smith has been t...